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Lefty Frizzell: Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book)

Republication of the legendary Lefty Frizzell CD box set.

We decided to revive this great box set due to public demand and as a new revised edition. This new set will include additional songs and many recently found photos and on top of it all you will get a new hardcover book. A celebration for eyes and ears!

The exact release date of this Lefty Frizzell box set is not set yet but you already can list yourself for an information e-mail we will send as soon as the release date is known.


A hallmark collection!

Which is why this breathtaking, 152-page book accompanied, all-encompassing 12 CD edition will be universally acclaimed as the Country release of the year.
New Musical Express - Fred Dellar

Lefty was the most influential country singer of the post-War era. He influenced Merle Haggard, and, through Merle, half the singers now on country radio. His own recordings are among the most perfectly-realized country records of the 1950s and 1960s, and we like to think we've been at least partly responsible for bringing his legacy to a new generation first with our LP box and now with this.

Here are the original versions of Lefty classics like 'I've Got The Money', 'I Love You A Thousand Ways', 'Always Late', 'Mom & Dad's Waltz', 'Long Black Veil', and all the later hits on Columbia and ABC. This is a complete career collection - everything Lefty cut from the early demos to the last recordings. It's a big set, and an expensive set, but it's no exaggeration to say that modern country music starts here.

A long overdue celebration of a giant's life and work!

Preface by Charles Wolfe

It was the fall of 1973, at one of those late- night Nashville hotel room jam sessions where they sit around with somebody's old Martin and a couple of bottles of Jack Daniels `Black Label' trading songs and stories. Johnny Rodriguez was there, hot from three number one hits in a row, as was Kenny Serratt, fresh from a new MGM contract. Merle Haggard was holding court, in from the coast plugging his new one called If We Can Make It Through December. The fourth man in the room was the oldest, and looked older; he was a big, easygoing man who spoke with a soft Texas drawl, and dressed in a fringed shirt with long wide collars and wore his graying hair long and swept back.

After the four had traded songs for a while, Merle Haggard sat back and pointed to the big man and said, 'Right there. That's where all the Haggards, Rodrigue-zes and Serratts come from!' The big man looked startled, then embarrassed, and folded his hands in front of him. A big ring sparkled on his left hand, a big ring with diamonds that formed the initials L.F. Everyone knew it stood for Lefty Frizzell.

From the very beginning, when he burst on the complacent music world of the 1950s with a spectacular string of hits that has never been equalled in country music since, Lefty had been a singer's singer. While millions were casually listening to the drawling Texas baritone on hit after hit on the local jukebox, the young singers across the land listened intently, trying to pick up every nuance and grace note of that style that was more intense, and more personal, than any that the music had seen. This was the generation that was to define modem country singing, and in the young man from the Texas oilfields, they had found their model.

As early as January 1954, when a young ex-marine named George Jones made hits first audition records in Beaumont, the Frizzell mystique was in place. As Pappy Daily listened to young Jones, he recalled: 'George at that time sounded exactly like Lefty Frizzell. I said. 'People don' t want somebody that sounds like somebody else.— Yet it was hard to sing a modem country love song with any feeling, and not copy Lefty's style - or some of it. As Dottie West remarked years later. 'Most all country ar-tists were touched by his style. Mickey Newbury recently said: 'Wasn't Lefty always right?' I agree.'

Most open in his admiration for Lefty has been Merle Haggard, and his story of first seeing Lefty conveys some of the intensity with which the younger generation of singers viewed Lefty, and conveys a sense of the impact Lefty had on the music of the time: 'I first saw Lefty Frizzell in 1951 at the Rain-bow Gardens in Bakersfield. I believe he was the hottest country artist in the nation. No one, not even Hank Williams, was as hot as Lefty was then. He was just dynamic on stage, and he real-ly inspired me to try and sing a song. A year or so later, he came back to Bakersfield and I was introduced to him. I sang a couple of songs for him, and he got me up on stage - that was one of the greatest thrills of my life, to be on stage with him.

'From then on when I' d get on stage, and I'd wonder how I should do a song, and maybe I'd be in doubt, I' d just mentally try to remember how Lefty would do it, and that pulled me out of a lot of holes. We became close friends. Years later someone said to me 'Merle, that guy sounds a lot like you.' I can remember when having someone say that about Lefty was a dream beyond ever coming true.

'Lefty Frizzell was ninety percent of the reason that I'm in the business. He was my inspiration, and I feel that he was the most unique thing that ever happened to country music. When I was fif-teen years old, I thought he hung the moon. You know ... I'm still not sure he didn' t.'

Like the prime movers in any art form, Lefty attracted his share of legends. Some were foisted on him by eager press agents in the 1950s as part of an early and effective image-building campaign: others came from his mammoth capacity for hard drinking and hard living: others came from his sudden spectacular success and early fame: and many came from his own shyness and difficulty in explaining himself. 'He hated inter-views,' his wife Alice recalled, 'and if he had to do one, he would have to get loosened up with drinks before he did one.' The late journalist Bob Claypool, who followed Lefty's career for years. 'He was one of those wild men of country music, the central figure in hundreds of riproaring tales - some true, some make-believe ... (Did Lefty really do THAT?).'

In a few serious attempts to write about Lefty's career, these legends have crept in over and over, jostling the true facts and salient details. They appear in everything from liner notes to record company publicity to official Hall of Fame biographies. Some of them are useful, even if they are not accurate, for they give us something of the way Lefty was perceived by his friends and fans. Others are simply misleading. This ac-count is an attempt to start from scratch, and to reconstruct the career of one of the seminal figures of American music.

Article properties: Lefty Frizzell: Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book)

  • Interpret: Lefty Frizzell

  • Album titlle: Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Year of publication 1992
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Price code LI
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127155504

  • weight in Kg 2.5
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 1
01 I Love You A Thousand Ways Lefty Frizzell
02 If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time Lefty Frizzell
03 Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday) Lefty Frizzell
04 Cold Feet Lefty Frizzell
05 Don't Think It Ain't Been Fun Dear Lefty Frizzell
06 When Payday Comes Around Lefty Frizzell
07 My Baby's Just Like Money Lefty Frizzell
08 Look What Thoughts Will Do Lefty Frizzell
09 My Baby's Just Like Money Lefty Frizzell
10 You Want Everything But Me Lefty Frizzell
11 I Want To Be With You Always Lefty Frizzell
12 Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) Lefty Frizzell
13 How Long Will It Take (To Stop Loving You) Lefty Frizzell
14 Always Late (With Your Kisses) Lefty Frizzell
15 Mom And Dad's Waltz Lefty Frizzell
16 You Can Go On Your Way Now Lefty Frizzell
17 Treasure Untold Lefty Frizzell
18 Blue Yodel #6 Lefty Frizzell
19 Travellin' Blues Lefty Frizzell
20 My Old Pal Lefty Frizzell
21 Blue Yodel, #2 Lefty Frizzell
22 Lullaby Yodel Lefty Frizzell
23 Brakeman's Blues Lefty Frizzell
24 My Rough And Rowdy Ways Lefty Frizzell
25 I Love You (Though You're No Good) Lefty Frizzell
26 It's Just You (I Could Love Always) Lefty Frizzell
27 You're Here So Everything's Alright Lefty Frizzell
28 I've Got Reasons To Hate You Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 2
01 I Love You (Though You're No Good) Lefty Frizzell
02 Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold) Lefty Frizzell
03 It's Just You (I Could Love Always) Lefty Frizzell
04 You're Here So Everything's Alright Lefty Frizzell
05 If You Can Spare The Time Lefty Frizzell
06 A King Without A Queen Lefty Frizzell
07 Forever (And Always) Lefty Frizzell
08 I Know You're Lonesome (While Waiting For Me) Lefty Frizzell
09 Lost Love Blues Lefty Frizzell
10 That's Me Without You Lefty Frizzell
11 Send Her Here To Be Mine Lefty Frizzell
12 Lost Love Blues Lefty Frizzell
13 That's Me Without You Lefty Frizzell
14 I Won't Be Good For Nothin' Lefty Frizzell
15 If I Lose You (I'll Lose My World) Lefty Frizzell
16 I'm An Old Old Man Lefty Frizzell
17 You're Just Mine (Only In My Dreams) Lefty Frizzell
18 I'll Try Lefty Frizzell
19 Bring Your Sweet Self Back To Me Lefty Frizzell
20 Time Changes Things Lefty Frizzell
21 All Of Me Loves All Of You Lefty Frizzell
22 California Blues (Blue Yodel, #4) Lefty Frizzell
23 Never No' Mo' Blues Lefty Frizzell
24 We Crucified Our Jesus Lefty Frizzell
25 When It Comes To Measuring Love Lefty Frizzell
26 Sleep Baby Sleep Lefty Frizzell
27 (I'm) Lonely And Blue Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 3
01 Before You Go, Make Sure You Know Lefty Frizzell
02 Two Friends Of Mine In Love Lefty Frizzell
03 Hopeless Love Lefty Frizzell
04 Then I'll Come Back To You Lefty Frizzell
05 The Tragic Letter (& WAYNE RANEY) Lefty Frizzell
06 Two Hearts Broken Now (& WAYNE RANEY) Lefty Frizzell
07 You Can Always Count On Me (& WAYNE RANEY) Lefty Frizzell
08 I've Been Away Way Too Long (& WAYNE RANEY) Lefty Frizzell
09 Run 'Em Off Lefty Frizzell
10 The Darkest Moment (Is Just Before The...) Lefty Frizzell
11 You're Too Late Lefty Frizzell
12 My Little Her And Him Lefty Frizzell
13 I Love You Mostly Lefty Frizzell
14 You're There, I'm Here Lefty Frizzell
15 Let It Be So Lefty Frizzell
16 Mama! Lefty Frizzell
17 Making Believe Lefty Frizzell
18 Moonlight, Darling And You Lefty Frizzell
19 I'll Sit Alone And Cry Lefty Frizzell
20 A Forest Fire (Is In Your Heart) Lefty Frizzell
21 Sweet Lies Lefty Frizzell
22 Your Tomorrows Will Never Come Lefty Frizzell
23 It Gets Late So Early Lefty Frizzell
24 I'm Lost Between Right And Wrong Lefty Frizzell
25 Promises (Promises, Promises) Lefty Frizzell
26 My Love And Baby's Gone Lefty Frizzell
27 Today Is That Tomorrow (I Dreamed Of...) Lefty Frizzell
28 First To Have A Second Chance Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 4
01 These Hands Lefty Frizzell
02 You Can't Divorce My Heart Lefty Frizzell
03 Treat Her Right Lefty Frizzell
04 Heart's Highway Lefty Frizzell
05 I'm A Boy Left Alone Lefty Frizzell
06 Just Can't Live That Fast (Anymore) Lefty Frizzell
07 The Waltz Of The Angels Lefty Frizzell
08 Lullaby Waltz Lefty Frizzell
09 Glad I Found You Lefty Frizzell
10 Now That You Are Gone Lefty Frizzell
11 From An Angel To A Devil Lefty Frizzell
12 Lover By Appointment (& JOHNNY BOND) Lefty Frizzell
13 Sick, Sober And Sorry (& JOHNNY BOND) Lefty Frizzell
14 No One To Talk To (& SHIRLEY CADDELL) Lefty Frizzell
15 Is It Only That You're Lonely Lefty Frizzell
16 Mailman Bring Me No More Blues Lefty Frizzell
17 You've Still Got It Lefty Frizzell
18 Tell Me Dear Lefty Frizzell
19 To Stop Loving You (Means Cry) Lefty Frizzell
20 The Torch Within My Heart Lefty Frizzell
21 Time Out For The Blues Lefty Frizzell
22 I Love You A Thousand Ways Lefty Frizzell
23 If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time Lefty Frizzell
24 I Want To Be With You Always Lefty Frizzell
25 Mom And Dad's Waltz Lefty Frizzell
26 Darling Let's Turn Back The Years Lefty Frizzell
27 You Win Again Lefty Frizzell
28 Why Should I Be Lonely Lefty Frizzell
29 Signed, Sealed And Delivered Lefty Frizzell
30 Nobody Knows But Me Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 5
01 If You're Ever Lonely Darling Lefty Frizzell
02 Silence Lefty Frizzell
03 Release Me Lefty Frizzell
04 Our Love's No Bluff Lefty Frizzell
05 You're Humbuggin' Me Lefty Frizzell
06 She's Gone Lefty Frizzell
07 Cigarettes And Coffee Blues Lefty Frizzell
08 I Need Your Love Lefty Frizzell
09 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Lefty Frizzell
10 I Love You A Thousand Ways Lefty Frizzell
11 If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time Lefty Frizzell
12 Mom And Dad's Waltz Lefty Frizzell
13 I Want To Be With You Always Lefty Frizzell
14 Always Late (With Your Kisses) Lefty Frizzell
15 If You're Ever Lonely Darling Lefty Frizzell
16 Sin Will Be The Chaser For The Wine Lefty Frizzell
17 Knock Again, True Love Lefty Frizzell
18 The Long Black Veil Lefty Frizzell
19 One Has Been To Another Lefty Frizzell
20 Farther Than My Eyes Can See Lefty Frizzell
21 My Blues Will Pass Lefty Frizzell
22 Ballad Of The Blue And Grey Lefty Frizzell
23 That's All I Can Remember Lefty Frizzell
24 So What! Let It Rain Lefty Frizzell
25 What You Gonna Do, Leroy Lefty Frizzell
26 I Feel Sorry For Me Lefty Frizzell
27 Heaven's Plan Lefty Frizzell
28 Looking For You Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 6
01 Stranger Lefty Frizzell
02 A Few Steps Away Lefty Frizzell
03 Forbidden Lovers Lefty Frizzell
04 Just Passing Through Lefty Frizzell
05 That Reminds Me Of Me Lefty Frizzell
06 Don't Let Her See Me Cry Lefty Frizzell
07 Through The Eyes Of A Fool Lefty Frizzell
08 James River Lefty Frizzell
09 Preview Of Coming Attractions Lefty Frizzell
10 Lonely Heart Lefty Frizzell
11 What Good Did You Get Lefty Frizzell
12 When It Rains The Blues Lefty Frizzell
13 I'm Not The Man I'm Supposed To Be Lefty Frizzell
14 Saginaw Michigan Lefty Frizzell
15 There's No Food In This House Lefty Frizzell
16 The Rider Lefty Frizzell
17 The Nester Lefty Frizzell
18 I Was Coming Home To You Lefty Frizzell
19 Hello To Him (Goodbye To Me) Lefty Frizzell
20 I Can Tell Lefty Frizzell
21 Make That One For The Road A Cup Of Coffee Lefty Frizzell
22 'Gator Hollow Lefty Frizzell
23 It Costs Too Much To Die Lefty Frizzell
24 She's Gone, Gone, Gone Lefty Frizzell
25 Running Into Memories Of You Lefty Frizzell
26 Confused Lefty Frizzell
27 How Far Down Can I Go Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 7
01 It's Bad (When It's Thataway) Lefty Frizzell
02 I Don't Trust You Anymore Lefty Frizzell
03 A Little Unfair Lefty Frizzell
04 Woman Let Me Sing You A Song Lefty Frizzell
05 Preparations To Be Blue Lefty Frizzell
06 Stranger Lefty Frizzell
07 Love Looks Good On You Lefty Frizzell
08 Mama Lefty Frizzell
09 It's Hard To Please You Lefty Frizzell
10 You Don't Want Me To Get Well Lefty Frizzell
11 Writing On The Wall Lefty Frizzell
12 I Just Couldn`t See The Forest Lefty Frizzell
13 I'm Not Guilty Lefty Frizzell
14 It Couldn't Happen To A Nicer Guy Lefty Frizzell
15 Everything Keeps Coming Back (But You) Lefty Frizzell
16 Heart (Don't Love Her Anymore) Lefty Frizzell
17 You Don't Have To Be Present To Win Lefty Frizzell
18 My Feet Are Getting Cold Lefty Frizzell
19 Is There Anything I Can Do Lefty Frizzell
20 The Old Gang's Gone Lefty Frizzell
21 A Song From A Lonely Heart Lefty Frizzell
22 You Gotta Me Puttin' Me On Lefty Frizzell
23 There In The Mirror Lefty Frizzell
24 Get This Stranger Out Of Me Lefty Frizzell
25 Money Tree Lefty Frizzell
26 Hobo's Pride Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 8
01 When The Rooster Leaves The Yard Lefty Frizzell
02 Anything You Can Spare Lefty Frizzell
03 Only Way To Fly (original vocal) Lefty Frizzell
04 Only Way To Fly (laughing version) Lefty Frizzell
05 A Prayer On Your Lips Is Like Freedom In... Lefty Frizzell
06 Little Old Winedrinker Me Lefty Frizzell
07 A Word Or Two To Mary Lefty Frizzell
08 Almost Persuaded Lefty Frizzell
09 Have You Ever Been Untrue (& JUNE STEARNS) Lefty Frizzell
10 If You've Got The Money... (& JUNE STEARNS) Lefty Frizzell
11 When The Grass Grows Green Again Lefty Frizzell
12 The Marriage Bit Lefty Frizzell
13 I'll Remember You Lefty Frizzell
14 Wasted Way Of Live Lefty Frizzell
15 Keep Them Flowers Watered While I'm Gone Lefty Frizzell
16 An Article From Life (without chorus) Lefty Frizzell
17 Blind Street Singer Lefty Frizzell
18 Honky Tonk Hill (without overdub) Lefty Frizzell
19 My Baby Is A Tramp Lefty Frizzell
20 She Brought Love Sweet Love Lefty Frizzell
21 Watermelon Time In Georgia Lefty Frizzell
22 I Must Be Getting Over You Lefty Frizzell
23 Out Of You Lefty Frizzell
24 It's Raining All Over The World Lefty Frizzell
25 There's Something Lonely In This House Lefty Frizzell
26 Three Cheers For The Good Guys Lefty Frizzell
27 An Article From Life Lefty Frizzell
28 Honky Tonk Hill Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 9
01 Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy Lefty Frizzell
02 What Am I Gonna Do Lefty Frizzell
03 Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) Lefty Frizzell
04 You Babe Lefty Frizzell
05 This Just Ain't A Good Day For Leavin' Lefty Frizzell
06 Down By The Railroad Track Lefty Frizzell
07 Let Me Give Her The Flowers Lefty Frizzell
08 If I Had Half The Sense Lefty Frizzell
09 Somebody's Words Lefty Frizzell
10 Lucky Arms Lefty Frizzell
11 True Love Needs To Be In Touch Lefty Frizzell
12 My House Is Your Honky Tonk Lefty Frizzell
13 I Buy The Wine Lefty Frizzell
14 If She Just Helps Me To Get Over You Lefty Frizzell
15 Falling Lefty Frizzell
16 Railroad Lady Lefty Frizzell
17 I Can't Get Over You To Save My Life Lefty Frizzell
18 I Never Go Around Mirrors Lefty Frizzell
19 That's The Way Love Goes Lefty Frizzell
20 She Found The Key Lefty Frizzell
21 I Wonder Who's Building The Bridge Lefty Frizzell
22 My Wishing Room Lefty Frizzell
23 I'm Gonna Hang Out My Mind Today Lefty Frizzell
24 Sittin' And Thinkin' Lefty Frizzell
25 I Love You A Thousand Ways Lefty Frizzell
26 I'm Not That Good At Goodbye Lefty Frizzell
27 Yesterday Just Passed My Way Again Lefty Frizzell
28 Life's Like Poetry Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 10
01 Darling I'm Missing You Lefty Frizzell
02 I'll Never Cry Over You Lefty Frizzell
03 My Confession Lefty Frizzell
04 I Hope You're Not Lonely When I'm Gone Lefty Frizzell
05 My Baby And My Wife Lefty Frizzell
06 It's All Over Now Lefty Frizzell
07 Worried Mind Lefty Frizzell
08 Maiden's Prayer Lefty Frizzell
09 I'm Wasting My Life Away Lefty Frizzell
10 You Nearly Lose Your Mind Lefty Frizzell
11 If You've Got The Money Lefty Frizzell
12 Lost Love Blues Lefty Frizzell
13 Just Can't Live That Fast Anymore (1) Lefty Frizzell
14 Just Can't Live That Fast Anymore (2) Lefty Frizzell
15 Honey Baby Lefty Frizzell
16 Please Be Mine, Dear Blue Eyes Lefty Frizzell
17 I'm Yours If You Want Me Lefty Frizzell
18 I'll Be A Bachelor Lefty Frizzell
19 Yesterday Mail Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 11
01 If You've Got The Money Lefty Frizzell
02 Look What Thoughts Will Do Lefty Frizzell
03 Shine, Shave And Shower Lefty Frizzell
04 I Want To Be With You Always Lefty Frizzell
05 My Baby's Just Like Money Lefty Frizzell
06 If You've Got The Money Lefty Frizzell
07 If You've Got The Money Lefty Frizzell
08 Why Should I Be Lonely Lefty Frizzell
09 Ida Red Boogie Lefty Frizzell
10 I Love You A Thousand Ways Lefty Frizzell
11 Always Late Lefty Frizzell
12 If You've Got The Money Lefty Frizzell
13 Cigarettes And Coffee Blues Lefty Frizzell
14 The Long Black Veil Lefty Frizzell
15 Freddie Hart: Chain Gang/Desert Blues Lefty Frizzell
16 Theme & If You've Got The Money Lefty Frizzell
17 I Want To Be With You Always Lefty Frizzell
18 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Lefty Frizzell
19 Always Late Lefty Frizzell
20 Make The One For The Road A Cup Of Coffee Lefty Frizzell
21 Mom And Dad's Waltz Lefty Frizzell
22 Cigarettes And Coffee Blues Lefty Frizzell
23 Darling Let's Turn Back The Years Lefty Frizzell
24 Things Lefty Frizzell
25 Woodchopper's Ball (instrumental) Lefty Frizzell
26 I Want To Be With You Always Lefty Frizzell
27 Stay All Night (extract) Lefty Frizzell
28 Somebody's Pushing Lefty Frizzell
29 The Long Black Veil Lefty Frizzell
30 David Frizzell: Mona Lisa Lefty Frizzell
31 I Want To Be With You Always Stay All Night Lefty Frizzell
32 If You've Got The Money Lefty Frizzell
33 Sunday Down In Tennessee Lefty Frizzell
34 A King Without A Queen (& interview) Lefty Frizzell
35 Mom And Dad's Waltz Lefty Frizzell
36 Travellin' Blues Lefty Frizzell
37 If You've Got The Money Lefty Frizzell
Frizzell, Lefty - Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Box set 12
01 I'll Make It Up To You Lefty Frizzell
02 It's Hard To Please You Lefty Frizzell
03 Too Much Love Lefty Frizzell
04 My Abandoned Heart Lefty Frizzell
05 Wait Till I'm Asleep Lefty Frizzell
06 Not This Time (Lefty & Abe) Lefty Frizzell
07 Not This Time (Lefty) Lefty Frizzell
08 Why Didn't You Tell Me Our Love Was Wrong Lefty Frizzell
09 Forever And Always Lefty Frizzell
10 Why Didn't You Tell Me Our Love Was Wrong Lefty Frizzell
11 Please Don't Stay Away So Long (1) Lefty Frizzell
12 Please Don't Stay Away So Long (2) Lefty Frizzell
13 You Have Never Been Known To Be Wrong Lefty Frizzell
14 The Reason Why My Heart's In Misery Lefty Frizzell
15 Blue Yodel, #6 Lefty Frizzell
16 Just Little Things Like That Lefty Frizzell
17 I Love You So Lefty Frizzell
18 A Fool's Advice Lefty Frizzell
19 When Me And My Baby Go Steppin' Out (1) Lefty Frizzell
20 When Me And My Baby Go Steppin' Out (2) Lefty Frizzell
21 Lullaby Yodel Lefty Frizzell
22 Brakeman's Blues Lefty Frizzell
Lefty Frizzell Steppin' Out Lefty Frizzell was the greatest honky-tonk singer of all... more
"Lefty Frizzell"

Lefty Frizzell

Steppin' Out

Lefty Frizzell was the greatest honky-tonk singer of all time—if you ask the most educated and highly opinionated fans of country music, that is. Blessed with a voice that came naturally to him—a voice that held so much soul and carried such infinite layers of emotional expression, that grown men were oft-moved to tears—Lefty was also cursed with bad habits and a downward career path that left him dead in 1975 at the tragically young age of 47.

This compilation, part of the 'Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight' series, seeks to compile all the up-tempo numbers—hillbilly boogie, rockabilly, borderline rock 'n' roll and hard late 1950s country—for a package that will undoubtedly appeal to crowd of rockabilly fans and those seeking to have a lone Lefty Frizzell disc in their collection.

Let it be known, however, that a disc that contains only the uptempo Lefty Frizzell numbers is much like a painting that uses only two of the primary colors. Lefty's incredible depth of emotion lent itself best to plaintive ballads and waltzes, and although the uptempo numbers are also great. But if you really want to experience the full breadth of Lefty's talent this author urges you to seek out the most essential of Bear Family box sets, 'Life's Like Poetry.' (BCD 15550).

William Orville 'Lefty' Frizzell was born March 31, 1928 in the oil and farm town of Corsicana, Texas, about 50 miles southeast of Dallas. As a young child, his family moved to El Dorado, Arkansas, where they remained until Lefty was a teenager. Although the family would always call him 'Sonny,' since he was the first boy in the family, the nickname 'Lefty' was acquired during a school fight with another boy. The nickname—which came because Lefty led with his left hand in the fight—stuck with him throughout his life, even though Lefty played his guitar right-handed.

As a child, Lefty loved music and began playing guitar at a young age, even securing a spot on a children's radio show on the local station KELD at the age of 12. When the Frizzell family moved back to Texas, Lefty won a talent contest in Dallas, which bolstered the youngster’s ambition to continue in music, which he did, alternating between working in the Texas oilfields and performing at honky-tonks on the weekends.

In 1945, Lefty wed Alice Harper, when both of them were 16 years old and too young to get married without parental permission. Soon afterward their first child, Lois, was born, and in 1946 Lefty and his new family moved to New Mexico in search of a better life, first to Capitan and then to Roswell, a then-booming Army town close to the west Texas border. Lefty pursued singing and writing songs in Roswell, while Alice worked at a downtown café. A local musician had a Wilcox-Gay disc recorder, and Lefty begged to get some of his songs recorded on the primitive device, such was his desire to become a professional singer.

Times were tough and the family nearly starved to death, circumstances made worse by Lefty's tendency to get in trouble with the law. Eight days after the legendary Roswell 'U.F.O.' crash happened in July 1947, Lefty was arrested and served six months in the Roswell jail for what he called "fightin' and carryin' on"  in a later interview. In reality, the charges were statutory rape, a married 19-year old man caught with a 14-year old girl. The time Lefty spent in jail just about killed him, wondering if Alice would take their new baby Lois and leave. Whether 'U.F.O.' crashes or captured alien beings played into the equation, Lefty wrote the first of many future hit songs in the Roswell jail in September 1947, I Love You A Thousand Ways. The song was a plaintive apology to his wife Alice for his misdeeds.

Upon release in early 1948, Lefty and family moved back to Texas, where eventually he would set up a residency at the Ace of Clubs in Big Spring, a club gig that would last more than a year. Lefty's original songs were popular with the local crowds, and on many occasions people recommended that Lefty should try making records.

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